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This is the perfect book for the beginner and the advanced MVC developer. It is a one stop shop for learning the ASP.NET MVC 3 Framework. It starts out with a nice little sample application that will get beginners up to speed fast. It then covers the MVC Pattern in detail and how it relates to Domain-Driven Development, Repositories, Dependency Injection, and Automated Testing. Next the is a chapter on the C# features a good MVC developer needs in their tool belt, as well as the Razor syntax. This chapter does a good job of introducing the Razor view engine. Then there is a chapter on the essential tools MVC developers should understand. This chapter covers Ninject, Unit Testing and Moq. In the next three chapters the authors take you through building a real application. Everything is included from the views to the repository (using Entity Framework 4.1), to the databas... (more)

Book Review: Test-Driven iOS Development

This is a great book for both someone who wants to learn Test Driven Development (TDD), anyone that wants to learn how to do unit testing in Xcode, and anyone who wants to improve their designs using TDD. The author begins the book with a nice overview of the benefits of testing and how to use TDD to achieve those benefits. He then moves right into how to write unit tests and covers the tools available for unit testing. He covers OCUnit test (integrated with Xcode) in detail and introduces Google Toolkit for Mac, GHUnit, CATCH, and OCMock. He then introduces continuous integration ... (more)

Book Review: The Advanced iOS 6 Developer's Cookbook (4th Edition)

This book is what it claims to be and that is a cookbook on advanced topics. I would follow the author's advice and if you are a beginner with Objective-C or iOS, this book is not the one you want to start with. This book is however an excellent book for experienced developers. The first chapter kicks right into overdrive with a really nice overview of device specific development. It shows you how to get device capabilities and how to take advantage of that information in your applications. It continues on with 12 more excellent chapters which I have listed below. 1. Device-Specifi... (more)

Book Review: Architecture Principles

My first look at his book was in PDF format. My friend let me borrow his copy. I liked it so much I printed it and put it in a three ring binder. I liked that so much that I wanted something more permanent so I bought the book. The book is pretty pricy for it's size, so you are not paying for quantity, you are paying for quality and it is worth it!!! Anyone familiar with Software Architecture understands that quality attributes need to be identified, balanced against one another, and then met through tactics. Principles are a key to unlock the door that has quality attributes hid... (more)

Book Review: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data Services

This is the time to start learning about Microsoft's Master Data Services and this book is a great place to start. With the release of Denali we will be getting some nice improvements to the MDS toolset. We will be getting Excel tools that interface with the data, an excel add in that works with the SQL Server Data Quality Services, easier data loading, better web UI, and the ability to install the tools with the SQL Server installer. Although this book does not cover the Denali toolset, it covers everything else you will need to know in order to take advantage of them when they co... (more)